Natural landscapes on the beaches of Cantabria
- Autonomous region: Cantabria
There's a place in northern Spain where over sixty different beaches await you. Two hundred kilometres of white sandy beaches, one after the other, coves hidden amidst cliffs, marshlands, estuaries and dunes. Stunning landscapes where the sea blends with the mountains, making Cantabria a paradise of contrasts waiting to be discovered.
There are many reasons to visit Cantabria, located on the route of Green Spain. This region on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea has the appearance of an endless beach, bathed by clean transparent waters and set against an idyllic backdrop. This coastline has a rich variety of diverse landscapes where –along with endless swathes of sand– you'll find rolling pastures, forests and villages steeped in the maritime tradition. All you need to do is stroll around San Vicente de la Barquera, Santoña or Laredo to observe the smell of sea air and marvel at their outstanding historic and artistic heritage. A good example is the Altamira cave in Santillana del Mar, which contains important prehistoric rock paintings.
In these steep and spectacular landscapes, against a backdrop of the Picos de Europa mountains, you'll find some widely acclaimed beaches, as evidenced by the blue flags –a symbol of quality and excellence– that you'll see flying at different points throughout the region. Places that have scarcely been altered by human activity, most of them practically unspoiled, and which make the ideal setting for a wide range of water sports including surfing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and kayaking. But they're also ideal places for relaxing and enjoying the scenery, with attractive spots that are perfect for spending the day with the whole family.
And that's because the coast of Cantabria offers much more than beach and sea: more than anything else, it's nature. Ecological and nature reserves can be found the length and breadth of the coastline. The beauty of the landscape is also on display in the more popular holiday resorts such as Castro Urdiales, Suances and, of course, Santander, the capital of the region, a beautiful and inviting city with calm waters and sheltered from the wind thanks to its location in a bay.
These are just a few of the many attractions to be found in Cantabria, a land criss-crossed by valleys, rivers, mountains, stretches of sand, forests and cliffs, and all steeped in nature and culture.